"To come back, yes. The thing is to stay." -- Royals right-hander John Thomson
The question was, "Do you think you resurrected your career tonight?"
John Thomson may have been speaking for himself, but stretching the metaphor might not be such a ... stretch, at least when it comes to the Royals' season.
Having another capable arm in the starting rotation, watching him throttle the hottest team in baseball, and putting the ball in the hands of Gil Meche the following day -- all are cause for optimism in the Kansas City clubhouse.
Tuesday night in Anaheim, the Royals will take a crack at equaling their longest win streak of the season, sending Meche against Ervin Santana, who thrives on home starts as eagerly as he's baffled by taking the mound on the road.
Meche will need to rebound from one of his roughest outings of the year, a no-decision against St. Louis in which he couldn't get out of the fifth inning after being handed a 4-1 lead.
It's two days early to entertain the thought of coming away from Southern California with a series win, taking Thursday off, and facing the Chicago White Sox with the hopes of swapping places with the fourth-place Sox and escaping the American League Central cellar. Then again, two days ago the Royals were mired in a four-game losing streak. Then came Sunday's 11-inning victory over Milwaukee, the NL Central's hottest team. Then came Thomson.